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Mobile apps not popular for Netflix  (Source: Netflix)
Mobile users not interested in long-form video according to Netflix CEO

The number of mobile devices on the market today continues to grow – mobile devices like smartphones and tablet computers such as the iPad are booming in popularity.

Many consumers that own these devices use them for surfing the web and consuming media on the go. Netflix has a streaming offering that is very popular in the home with movies and TV content that can be streamed through device like the PS3 and to mobile devices like the iPad and iPhone. Netflix CEO Reed Hasting recently stated that the apps Netflix offers for mobile devices has had "very little" impact on business.

He notes that offering streaming on the PS3 and Xbox 360 had a huge impact on business for Netflix. He reiterated that the mobile apps the company offers haven't significantly affected Netflix's bottom line. Hastings also noted that Mac computers had a significant impact on Netflix business when streaming launched on the Apple devices.

These facts have lead Hastings to believe that consumers are primarily uninterested in streaming long-form video on mobile devices. The popularity of streaming on big screens shows the preference of consumers. Streaming media is a big deal for Netflix, Hasting considers the company a streaming firm that also mails DVDs

Hastings also commented on web-connected TVs while speaking at Web 2.0 Summit. Hastings figures that Twitter and Facebook will not see big gains in users from the uptake of connected TVs. He does expect about a third of the TVs sold to be web-connected this holiday season.

He went on to predict that be the end of 2012 just about all TVs sold would be web-connected.



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RE: Yes, but...
By dreddly on 11/18/2010 11:03:21 AM , Rating: 2
I do a 420km commute daily and I stream netflix into the audio of my car.

I regularly max out my 3G download cap, so there are some users that do use it. There just aren't enough of us. They better not end support for mobile or I will switch to hulu.


RE: Yes, but...
By ninjit on 11/18/10, Rating: -1
RE: Yes, but...
By supermitsuba on 11/18/2010 11:51:54 AM , Rating: 2
TO THE AUDIO . Nothing about the post said watching his phone while driving in traffic. That being said, I do listen to movies at work while im working. I think comedies are the only ones you can get away with JUST LISTENING TO .


RE: Yes, but...
By dreddly on 11/18/2010 11:13:40 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah snl and comedies work really well for audio streaming.

Contract work is what it is, you take the work where you can get it. I need something for the long commutes, streaming makes so much more sense that pmps.


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